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A Refined Inglehart Index Of Materialism And Postmaterialism


  • Oliver Hansen
  • Richard S.J. Tol

    () (Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin)


The Inglehart index of post-materialism is measured by people’s priority for low inflation and order. We use regression analysis to correct national averages of the Inglehart index for the effects of observed inflation and (violent) crime rates for selected European, Asian and South American countries. Low inflation and low crime rates significantly increase the Inglehart index, but we also observe a trend towards post-materialistic values. This trend cannot be explained by economic growth alone.

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  • Oliver Hansen & Richard S.J. Tol, 2003. "A Refined Inglehart Index Of Materialism And Postmaterialism," Working Papers FNU-35, Research unit Sustainability and Global Change, Hamburg University, revised Oct 2003.
  • Handle: RePEc:sgc:wpaper:35

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    post-materialism; inflation; crime;

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    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values


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